If you enjoy Honduran cigars, you are probably well acquainted with the Hoya de Monterrey No. 1 Maduro. This cigar, with a dry but firm draw and a delightful hint of spice, provides a full range of earthy flavor and doesn’t disappoint on construction.
The No. 1 measures 7.2 x 54. The cigar punches and lights easily; after having enjoyed more than a dozen of these in the last few months, I have yet to find a stick with construction problems. The dark, slightly oily wrapper protects a cigar that burns evenly with a thick, dark ash. The resting smoke is gentle and the draw is just stiff enough, allowing plenty of flavorful smoke to caress the palate. The flavor and burn remained consistent for the entire smoking experience.
The No. 1 pairs well with a rich porter or chocolate stout, or perhaps a good, strong coffee. The price point on these is quite reasonable — roughly $9 in West Michigan.
The Hoya de Monterrey No. 1 Maduro has earned a spot in my regular rotation — if you haven’t yet tried it, smoke one and let us know what you think.